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Meet the Board

The Board of Trustees


/media/about/library/140704_230_belford_picture.jpgChair

Dr. Paul Belford

Paul is a professional archaeologist and currently the CEO of a third-sector organisation delivering cultural heritage services in Wales and England. He has over 25 years experience of leading, managing and delivering archaeology and cultural heritage projects in the UK and overseas, across the public, private and third sectors. Paul's wide research interests include the archaeology and social history of industrialisation - particularly ferrous industries and industrial housing - and he has published widely on these and other subjects. With particular expertise in planning, education and community engagement with heritage, Paul also has considerable experience in the leadership and governance of educational charities in the heritage and environmental sectors.


/media/about/library/j_d5a_6829-custom.jpgJonathan Badyal, Deputy Chair

Jonathan is Head of Communications at Universal Music UK, where he works across all aspects of the company’s internal and external communications.  He is also on the Board of the Roundhouse, Julie’s Bicycle and the National Academy for Social Prescribing.  He is also a member of the Tate Modern Advisory Group.

He previously spent five years advising former Culture & Digital Economy Minister Rt Hon Ed Vaizey MP, and his successor, Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP on policy and communications. 

His passion for music came to the fore during his time working at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.  Although knowledgeable and well connected across every facet of British culture, from film to fine art, he became a vocal champion of British music, and especially British urban music. 

Jonathan grew up in Wolverhampton and was educated at Heath Park and Wolverhampton Grammar School.  He studied Biochemistry at the University of Birmingham before going on to study a Masters in Political Science.


Trustee Katy BakerKaty Baker

Katy is Director of Services at Oaks Consultancy, a Birmingham-based business consultants who specialise in supporting organisations with a social purpose with strategy, business planning and income generation.  Katy has over 15 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector, including many years experience as a Youth Worker, working with some of the country's most disadvantaged young people.  Previous roles include Managing Director at Summit House Support, Regional Manager at UpRising, Regional Partnership Manager at UK Youth, and Programme Manager for Catch 22.

Born in Birmingham, Katy actually grew up in rural Wales and now lives in the Black Country.  Katy's family are all from the Midlands – her grandfather was born in Dudley and worked as a jeweller in the city's jewellery quarter.  Katy has a History degree and an MBA in Strategic Management from Aston Business School.  Katy is also a trustee for Aston University's Students Union.


 

/media/about/library/duncan-bedhall-6.jpgDuncan Bedhall

Duncan is Partner & Head of Commercial Property at Fisher German, specialising in industrial and office properties, commercial property investment, and strategic portfolio advice. He studied at Oxford Polytechnic and qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1990.

Duncan has deep roots in the Black Country, coming from a family of chain makers from Cradley Heath. His interests include British history, motorbikes and sailing. He is also a local Committee member of the Young Farmers Club.


/media/about/library/parminder-dosanjh-custom.jpgParminder Dosanjh 

Parminder, Creative Director at Creative Black Country, has been designing and developing audience development initiatives for over fifteen years.  

Since graduating in Arts Management and Fine Art, Parminder has introduced innovative ways of working across sectors and has catalyst impressive collaborations. She has commissioned pioneering arts projects locally, nationally and internationally with the BBC, managed Arts Council England national portfolio organisations, and has produced projects with the Victoria and Albert Museum, Radio 4, The Leicester Haymarket Theatre (now the CURVE), the New York Asia Society, and several UK leading artists.  She is passionate about arts and broadcast and likes a good story.


 

/media/about/library/img_2040.pngCouncillor Matt Follows

Councillor Matt Follows joins the Board as the representative for the Association of Black Country Authorities (ABCA). 

Matt has been a local Councillor for Bloxwich West in Walsall since 2015, championing his hometown and promoting local heritage.  He has helped lead various projects including launching the official Bloxwich Flag and promoting the town’s historical features and green spaces. 

Matt is a member of Walsall Museums and Art Galleries Development Trust, supporting The New Art Gallery in Walsall.  

He holds an MA in Contemporary History from the University of Birmingham. 


 

/media/about/library/nicola-harding-photo2.jpgNicola Harding 

Nicky has 18 years’ experience in Museum and Exhibition Design, implementation and education.  She has a keen interest in the development of the visitor experience within museums, expanding this interest through her current teaching role in Interior Design at De Montfort University by directing live projects with students and providing specialist knowledge in Museum and Exhibition design. 

Nicky previously worked as a Senior Project Designer at Haley Sharpe Design in Leicester, followed by a freelance design role at Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Galleries whilst studying for her Masters in Museum Studies.

Nicky holds an MA in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester and BA (Hons) in Museum & Exhibition Design from the University of Lincoln and is currently studying for a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education to support her teaching practice.


 

/media/about/library/vikki-jessop-webphoto.jpgVictoria Jessop, Deputy Chair

Victoria is the Art Handling Manager at Christie's, where she oversees their team of technicians and is responsible for the movement/installation of artworks onsite.

Before this, she worked at The British Museum (2014-20), where she managed the galleries, loans and exhibitions for the department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan.  Her previous experience included the V&A Museum, Whitechapel Gallery and a number of other institutions.

With a decade of technical experience dealing with sculpture and exhibition construction, she is passionate about encouraging women to pursue technical-based careers in museums, and has lectured extensively about this at universities across the UK.

Victoria grew up in Stourbridge and worked at Ikon Gallery in Birmingham prior to relocating to London in 2011.  She is enthusiastic about sport and has fenced internationally for several years.  In her spare time, she is also a Run Director for parkrun UK and is currently studying Art Law.


 

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Ruth is the Chief Executive of Relate Birmingham, a local charity providing services to help people have better relationships and improved wellbeing.  Ruth is responsible for overall service delivery across the West Midlands and South Staffordshire and has many years’ experience of charity management including setting up new services, partnership working and income generation.  She is passionate about ensuring services are accessible to all.

She has a keen interest in history and heritage and studied the Industrial Revolution as part of her history degree.  She enjoys going to historical places and events, especially those that bring history to life and is a regular visitor to the Black Country Living Museum.


 

/media/about/library/160309_230_nick_loveland_pic1.jpgNick Loveland

Nick is currently Chief Operating Officer of Performances Birmingham Ltd (PBL), the charitable trust that operates Birmingham’s Town Hall and Symphony Hall, where he has led on cultural transformation following a major staffing restructure, introduced a large number of initiatives to the catering offer (increasing income by 40%), and is the primary point of contact for new trustees. 

Nick has worked for Symphony Hall Birmingham and PBL since 1991, and was the only member of the former senior management team to be offered a senior role in the new organisational structure.  He also project managed the refurbishment of Birmingham Town Hall, developed PBL’s environmental strategy and is currently developing PBL’s five year organisational business plan. 

Nick was appointed to the Environmental Leadership Group of Julie’s Bicycle (via Arts Council England) in June 2015 and is an appointed Director of Birmingham  Westside Business Improvement District. Nick became Chair of the Museum’s Enterprise Company in July 2016. 


 

Catherine Murphy/media/about/library/catherine-murphy-webphoto.jpg

Catherine is currently the Audience Analyst at the Natural History Museum in London and has been working in the field of audience development and marketing for almost ten years.  Prior to this she worked at The Audience Agency where she helped launch the Audience Finder programme working with hundreds of arts organisations across the country to collect data and develop deep insights about UK arts audiences.

Catherine holds an MA in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester and a BA (hons) in History from the University of Sheffield.  Growing up in Birmingham she has always had a keen interest in the history of the West Midlands and is particularly keen on widening public engagement with history and the arts.

 

 

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